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Report Claims Mexico Is Second Deadliest Country And Mexico Isn’t Having It

A recent report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) claims that in 2016, Mexico was the second deadliest conflict-zone in the world, placing it behind war-torn Syria. The report was quickly picked up by President Trump, who retweeted the story to his 29 million followers. However, Mexican officials believe the IISS methodology was flawed, leading to misleading and “sensationalist” data, The Guardian reports.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mexico experienced 23,000 homicides in 2016, putting it behind Syria’s total of 50,000 fatalities.


According to IISS data, Mexico outranks both Iraq and Afghanistan in “ten most lethal conflict zones in 2016.”

IISS officials claim the “conflict deaths” are related to escalations in cartel violence, CNN reports.


The survey shows that homicides rose in 22 of Mexico’s 32 states, and that “small arms” play a heavy role in the violence. The report also attributed the number of homicides to more than cartel on cartel violence. Citizens, as well as journalists, politicians, and the authorities are often caught up in the conflict, which the IISS compared to civil war levels of violence.

The report’s statistics didn’t sit well with many people.


They were quick to point out that there are other countries with higher homicide rates.


Mexican authorities, also dispute the legitimacy of the IISS report’s claims that Mexico is a “conflict zone.”


As The Guardian reported, Mexico’s foreign and interior ministries released a statement, saying, “Mexico is far from being one of the most violent countries in the world.” The ministries pointed out that Mexico’s murder rate of 16.4 per 100,000 citizens was far lower than that of many Latin American countries, including Honduras, which has a murder rate of nearly 90.4 per 100,000 citizens. Also mentioned is that some U.S. cities top the list of most violent, including St. Louis and Detroit.

The Economist reported that several of Mexico’s cities have the highest death rates in the world, but these areas are typically affected by cartel violence, which is often influenced by bordering countries, including the U.S., whose dependence on the drug trade contributes to the cartel’s violence.

Despite the violence, much of Mexico remains unaffected. As The Guardian pointed out, tourism in the country is on the rise, up 9 percent in 2016, and in the last few years, many top drug cartel leaders have been killed or captured.

For more on this story, check out The Guardian.

[H/T] The Guardian: Is Mexico really the second-deadliest country in the world?

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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We all remember Carlos Villagrán as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho.” The actor and Mexican icon is now entering the world of politics. Villagrán is entering the race for governor of Querétaro.

Actor and comedian Carlos Villagrán wants to be governor of Querétaro.

Affectionately known as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho,” Villagrán is someone we grew up with. Now, decades after his famous role ended, Villagrán is hoping to open a brand new chapter in his life: politics.

“After 50 years of making people laugh, I find myself on another platform, which does me a tremendous honor,” Villagrán said during a press conference after filing paperwork.

Villagrán has been thinking about entering Mexican politics for a while.

It is never easy to decide if you want to become a politician. Your private life is no longer private and everything you do is suddenly under intense scrutiny. Villagrán did take time mulling over the idea before filing his paperwork to be a candidate for governor of Querétaro. He registered under the local Querétaro Independiente Party.

“I can’t say anything, because I still don’t know anyone and I have to talk to people to find out what it is about. So, I could not say anything at this moment,” Villagrán told El Universal when still debating the idea.

Villagrán created a Twitter account after announcing his candidacy and is hitting the talking points hard.

Villagrán’s official Twitter account has only pushed tweets highlighting QiBook. The social media platform is specific to Querétaro and is hoping to foster some economic and commercial success in the state.

Fans around the world are wishing him so much success.

Villagrán character Quico is one of the most celebrated characters in Latin America. The wild success of “El Chavo del Ocho” has made Villagrán a face that people throughout Latin America know and love.

However, some people are not excited to see another entertainer enter politics.

We have seen entertainers become politicians and it isn’t always a good thing. The current governor of Morales is Cuauhtémoc Blanco, a former soccer player, and people are not loving him and his leadership. We will no better about his chances of running on Feb. 8 when things are finalized.

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